Monday, January 31, 2011

Faceted Bowl

I'll give this a try, but will add my own twist.  Don't think I've ever used a round trimming tool or have seen anyone else use as many different trimming tools as I do.

BBC The Craft of the Potter, part 1

With decorating master Alan Caiger Smith 

Handbuilt Tumbler

Charan makes wonderful, colourful pots.  He's a generous soul as well; he shares a lot of his techniques on his blog and esty shop.  Here's one I really enjoyed.

Check out his Esty shop for more of his delightful work go to and visit

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Love with the Mystery -- Ann Mortifee

Inspiring, beauty full, wise and comforting.  Ann received a calendar featuring Indian sage Paramahansa Yogananda from her husband, musician Paul Horn which was the seed of her new book and cd.

"Do not be afraid of losing your way.....wait, and a miracle will appear".

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Living with Nature, employment opportunity

From Elizabeth Bekolay,
Living with Nature Network - - I have just been approved for funding to hire 2 people to help with the ecological salvage work this summer. See below and attached for all the details of the projects.
I need one more person starting end of April.
Please recommend this to anyone who is:
- Age 17 - 30 years (funding requirement)
- Has NOT been on EI (funding requirement)
- looking for meaningful employment for the summer (minimum wage with potential for increase, 30hrs/wk)
- is keen about local biodiversity and sustainability
- has a valid driver's license
- can work long hours in all conditions
- doesn't mind mosquitoes and blackflies
Thank you,
Elizabeth Bekolay

Lichen Nature

Artist Resale Rights

To find out more about artist resale rights:

Canadian artists, if you aren't already a member of CARFAC what's stopping you?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Creativity YouTube

Just "discovered" Jay Smooth  Really like the quotes he collected and shares on this video:

Gillian Jug Birds

Gillian shares her method of creating wonderful, colourful slip decorated jug birds.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Horses at Play

Two WWOOFERS (willing workers on organic farms) who are currently at Carol Mariott's Ravenheart Farms created this lovely youtube horse video (below) a few days ago, when they captured on camera the horses at play. It's really a sweet video to watch and enjoy! May it bring peace to your heart and a smile on your face.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Health Meditation in Saskatoon

Workshop in four sessions

with Francine Niekus
Learn simple concentration and breathing techniques to create calm and focus in your life!

Location: Yoga Mat Studio, #4-501 Gray Ave, Saskatoon
Time: Saturday mornings: 11.15-12 15 pm
Dates: January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9
Fee: donation only

The Workshop
During the workshop we will focus on learning and practicing the techniques of health meditation (see below). The goal is to create for oneself a set of practices best suited to one's individual need and aspiration, and get started. There will be opportunity each session to ask questions and share and discuss your experience with other participants. You will be provided with handouts describing all practices in detail.

To register email: 

Image of Nobel Peace Prize nominee,Thich Nhat Hanh, who wrote:

The function of meditation practice is to heal and transform. Meditation helps us to be whole, and to look deeply into ourselves and around us in order to realize what is really there. The energy that is used in meditation is mindfulness; to look deeply is to use mindfulness to light up the recesses of our mind, or to look into the heart of things in order to see their true nature. When mindfulness is present, meditation is present. Mindfulness helps us to understand the true essence of the object of meditation (whether it is a perception, an emotion, an action, a reaction, the presence of a person or object).
It may be possible for you to meditate on your own, without a teacher or a Sangha, a community of practice. But it goes without saying that to practice with a teacher and a meditation community is more advisable and much easier. A teacher is someone who has had the experience of the practice, and has succeeded in it. A Sangha is a meditation community where everyone follows more or less the same kind of practice. Since everyone is doing the same practice, it becomes easier for you to practice too, because the group energy emitted by the Sangha is strong and very supportive. You can also learn a great deal from individual members of the Sangha. There are many things you may find difficult to do when alone, but in the presence of the Sangha you can do them easily.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Paul Soldier

Paul Soldier, artist and inventor, died on Monday.  He'll be remember for his creativity, his contribution to the ceramics community and his controversial ads.,0,42646.story